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Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez

By Luis J. Rodriguez

The award-winning and bestselling vintage memoir a couple of younger Chicano gang member surviving the damaging streets of East la, now that includes a brand new hide.
Winner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, hailed as a New York Times extraordinary ebook, and skim by way of thousands, Always Running is the searing actual tale of 1 man’s lifestyles in a Chicano gang—and his heroic fight to loose himself from its grip.
via age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was once a veteran of East l. a. gang conflict. Lured through a probably invincible gang tradition, he witnessed numerous shootings, beatings, and arrests after which watched with expanding worry as gang existence claimed family and friends participants. earlier than lengthy, Rodriguez observed a manner out of the barrio via schooling and the ability of phrases and effectively broke unfastened from years of violence and desperation.
reaching good fortune as an award-winning poet, he was once definite the streets might hang-out him no more—until his younger son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his baby by means of telling his personal tale in Always Running, a brilliant memoir that explores the motivations of gang existence and cautions opposed to the loss of life and destruction that necessarily declare its contributors.
from time to time heartbreakingly unhappy and brutal, Always Running is eventually an uplifting precise tale, choked with wish, perception, and a genuinely-earned lesson for the following iteration.

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